Hi I'm new to the forum and I'm new to investing. I've received a job offer overseas so I'm looking to get started on investing in Australia in order to gain the most I can from tax benefits. I'll be earning tax free income and I will be a non-resident of Australia for tax purposes. So here is a basic starting question.... 43% of Aussie expats invest in property compared to about 23% in equities. The disadvantage of property is that being overseas you can't inspect properties physically, therefore you need a buyers agent, and secondly all the extra stuff eg: arranging building inspections etc etc is more difficult from o/s. The advantage of a share portfolio is that you click a button and your investment is done for $20 brokerage fee. However, something I'm wondering about is negative gearing. The long term accumulation of tax credits resulting from negatively geared property is a big attraction for the expat investor, but it is possible to achieve the same or similar benefits when investing in shares?